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What's New in Australia’s Student Visa Rules for 2024?

Australia has long been a sought-after destination for international students seeking quality education. With the dawn of 2024, the Australian government has introduced several changes to its student visa regulations. Contact VisaConnect's Migration Agents anytime for advice and assistance with your Student Course Enrolment and Student visa Appplication! These modifications aim to streamline the application process, aligning it with the evolving global education landscape and the aspirations of international students.

Understanding the Changes

  1. 1. Simplified Application Process:
  • The Australian government has revamped the student visa application process to make it more user-friendly. Prospective students will encounter reduced paperwork and shorter processing times. This change responds to feedback from international students and education providers, emphasizing the need for efficiency.

     2. Revised Financial Requirements:

  • Students applying for a student visa now need to demonstrate a higher level of financial stability. This update ensures that students can comfortably cover living expenses, tuition fees, and other costs while studying in Australia. The exact amount varies based on the course and study duration.

     3. Enhanced Focus on Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) Requirement:

  • The Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) requirement remains pivotal. In 2024, the government emphasizes this aspect further. Applicants must provide comprehensive evidence supporting their intention to return to their home country after completing their education.

     4. Changes in Post-Study Work Rights:

  • Post-study work rights have always been a major draw for students choosing Australia. In 2024, there are modifications to these rights. Graduates from certain high-demand sectors may be eligible for extended work rights, reflecting Australia’s labor market needs.

    5. Adjustments for Online Courses:

  • Acknowledging the rise of online education, the 2024 visa rules now include provisions for students undertaking online courses from Australian institutions. Flexibility is essential in adapting to the evolving education sector.

    6. Improved Support for Student Welfare:

  • The Australian government continues to enhance support services for student welfare. This includes mental health resources, counseling, and assistance during students’ stay in Australia.

Preparing for Your Australian Journey

Basic Documents Required:

  • Electronic Confirmation of Enrolment (eCOE) as proof of admission.
  • Valid passport.
  • Visa application fee.
  • Genuine Temporary Entrant (GTE) statement.
  • Academic and work experience documents.

English Language Requirements

For both the Student visa and Temporary Graduate visas, English language requirements have been adjusted:

  • Student visa: Instead of an IELTS score of 5.5, you now need 6.0.
  • Temporary Graduate visa: The IELTS score increases from 6.0 to 6.5.

Genuine Student Requirement

Here’s what prospective Applicants need to know about the new Genuine Student requirement, which replaces the previous Genuine Temporary Entrant requirements, as at 23 March 2024:

  1. 1.


  • The GS requirement ensures that applicants genuinely intend to study in Australia and understand that their primary purpose for obtaining a student visa is education-related.
  • It replaces the previous 300-word GTE statement with targeted questions that provide context to the documentary evidence submitted in support of the application.

     2. GS Questions

When applying for a student visa, you’ll be asked specific questions:

  • Current Circumstances: Provide details about your ties to family, community, employment, and economic situation.
  • Course and Destination Choice: Explain why you’ve chosen a particular course in Australia and how it aligns with your goals.
  • Benefits of Studying: Describe how completing the course will benefit you.
  • Study History: If you’ve studied in Australia before, share relevant details.
  • Other Relevant Information: Include any additional relevant information you’d like to provide.

     3. Word Limit

  • Your answers should be written in English, with a maximum of 150 words per question.
  • Attach supporting documents to your ImmiAccount to strengthen your case. Generic statements without evidence carry less weight in the assessment.

     4. Student Visa Declaration

The new declaration confirms that the Applicant for an Australian Student visa:

  • Understands what it means to be a genuine student.
  • Commits to complying with student visa conditions and notifying the Department of Home Affairs of any changes.
  • Recognizes that while post-study pathways to permanent migration exist, only a limited number of graduates will be eligible.

      5. Effective Date

  • The GS requirement applies to student visa applications lodged on or after 23 March 2024.
  • Applications lodged before this date will continue to be assessed based on the previous GTE requirement.

Remember, demonstrating your genuine intent to study in Australia is crucial for a successful student visa application. Providing clear, well-supported answers will enhance your chances of approval. Good luck with your application! 

Contact VisaConnect for Student Visa Assistance

Australia remains committed to providing a world-class education experience for international students. By staying informed about these changes, prospective students can navigate the requirements confidently and make informed decisions about their education Down Under.

For more information, see our web page regarding the eligibility criteria for an Australian Student visa, Subclass 500.